(ANSI: New York) -- On April 25, 2012, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the private-sector-led U.S. voluntary standardization system, will host an exploratory meeting to examine the need for an Energy Efficiency Standards Panel (EESP) to develop a standardization road map for energy efficiency initiatives in the United States.
Energy efficiency forms a core component of the nation’s sustainable energy policy to promote energy security, a cleaner environment, and spur job creation and innovation. Consumers, the government, and industry alike are sounding the call for energy efficient technologies and programs to support America’s clean energy future—an economic and social imperative for the nation.
During the next 10 years, energy efficiency efforts are expected to grow dramatically, with a significant number of diverse initiatives already underway in the public and private sectors. The April 25 meeting will help define the scope and areas of focus for a potential standards panel in this area vis-à-vis the standards, codes, and conformance programs needed to advance the nation’s energy efficiency agenda. If formed, the goal of the ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel would be to develop a standardization road map that would define a coordinated U.S. approach to energy efficiency standardization activities and help foster innovation and advance the market for energy efficiency technologies.
ANSI standards panels have successfully championed standards-based solutions for key issues and technology areas, from electric vehicles and homeland security to health-care information technology, nanotechnology, and identity theft protection.
“Energy efficiency is a cross-cutting issue that applies to all industry sectors, and I encourage all stakeholders to participate in the April 25 exploratory meeting,” says S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. “The institute has a long and successful track record in bringing diverse stakeholders together in a neutral forum to develop consensus-based solutions for national and global priorities. ANSI stands ready to provide standards coordination in this critical area as well.”
The meeting will be held in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Registration is free and is open to all interested stakeholders, including industry, government, academia, professional societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations, and consumer representatives. Additional event details and a draft agenda are forthcoming. Questions about this activity can be directed to Fran Schrotter, ANSI senior vice president and COO, at email@example.com or by calling (212) 642–4934.
Register online for the April 25 meeting.